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Great Ideas For Hamster Cages
 by: Morgan Hamilton
It is really great to have a hamster as your pet. They are very cute and they like to chew different things but especially cloth. While cats and dogs are allowed to walk freely around your home, you don't let your hamster out of its cage. You do need to have a hamster cage in case you own one of these lovable pets. The cages come in many different shapes and sizes and have a variety of features for your hamster.

The most popular shape for hamster cages is rectangular. Because of this particular shape the hamster cages are usually put in a corner, so that they wouldn't stand in the center of the room and be on your way. When you feel like playing with your pet, you can easily take the hamster out but when you have stopped playing with it and are leaving the room it is good to make sure you have put it in its cage.

You should pay attention to your hamster's security because if it escapes from its cage, it might become a prey for animals. Many neighbours have cats and they can hurt your adorable little pet, so you should protect it from them. Consequently, if there are any cats around you should always lock your hamster in its hamster cage, so that it would be safe.

Just as any other mammal hamsters need a daily supply of water. Most of the hamster cages have a water bottle system. In cages made of wire there is a little ball at the end of the nozzle so that the water doesn't flow free but comes out when the hamster is thirsty.

You can also buy little bows which can be used for feeding. They are put in the hamster cages and the pets can eat from them. There are several types of hamster food.

It is very important to keep your hamster fit as it needs regular exercises. You can help it by purchasing a small wheel that fits inside the hamster cages. This is how you will make sure your lovely pet will get some exercises when it is closed there. There are also such hamster cages which have plastic tubes which go through and around the cage. Their main purpose is to entertain the hamster and let it roam around its home.

Cleaning hamster cages is a very important task and should not be neglected for the well-being of both your little pet and yourself. To make it easy for cleaning, you can put a newspaper on the bottom of the hamster cage and also some wood chips. You just lift the paper and the wood chips out and replace them with new.

When living in a building where having animals is restricted taking a hamster might be just the way to have a pet. It is good for your children to have a pet like hamster as they will easily learn how to take care of a pet while playing and having fun with it.


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5 Important Things To Consider Before Bringing Home A New Dog Or Puppy
 by: Kimberly Zlatin
Did you know that there are over 10 million adoptable animals entering our nation's shelters each year just waiting for a family to call their own? According to the ASPCA approximately 5-9 million of these animals are euthanized in our shelters every year due to overcrowding.
Welcoming a new dog into your home and your heart can bring years of happiness for all involved. Before you adopt, please make sure that you can give a lifelong commitment to a new dog by considering the following:
Research different breeds and temperaments. Do you have small children, live in an apartment, like to be active? While individual dogs have unique personalities, learning a little about the breed may help narrow down your choices, even in the case of mixed breeds.
How much time will you have to spend with your dog? Dogs that are left alone for long periods of time can be destructive and develop separation anxiety. If you are away a lot this may not be the best time to bring a new dog into your home.
Manners please! Some shelter dogs come with their own set of baggage and behavioral problems. Even if they don't, it is important to enroll your new dog in a basic obedience class to ensure you can enjoy your dog's company no matter where you take him.
A healthy dog is a happy dog. Regular visits to the veterinarian are necessary for the health of your dog. Unexpected visits are also par for the course when you own a dog, so make sure you are ready for the financial commitment as much as the emotional commitment of having a dog.
Bringing home your new family member. Make your dog feel welcome in his new home by stocking up on some basic supplies before bringing him home. A new collar and leash, food, dog bowl, crate or dog bed and some fun toys are a good start.
What can you do to help if you are not in the position to adopt a dog at this time?
Help a dog find a loving home by contributing your time or money to your local shelter. Part of the reason that shelters are overcrowded is the fact that they don't have enough volunteers to help with administrative tasks and adoption events. Another option that is often overlooked is fostering a dog while it is awaiting adoption. Thousands of dogs were stranded during Hurricane Katrina and foster homes are still needed. This can free up more space in the shelter and also provides a comforting atmosphere for a dog. Even the best shelter can be a stressful place for a scared dog, so why not offer your home as a temporary reprieve?
Help is needed all year round for the millions of dogs that remain in our shelters. To learn more about this cause you can visit the ASPCA, Petfinder or your local shelter. Lives are depending on us!

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Understanding Your Pet's Chewing Issues
 by: Burke Jones
If you are beginning to feel like an endangered species surrounded by the chewed up remnants of your previous existence, fear not. First of all you are not alone. There are dog owners like you suffering the same fate and having the same problems getting their otherwise delightful pet to cease and desist from devouring hearth and home. Not only that, but people, experienced dog owner type people, have spent a great deal of time and energy on solving the problem.
Your first step in the direction of rehabilitation is the same as it is with any such process. You need to establish the exact nature of the problem. If your pet is a newly acquired puppy then rampant chewing goes with the territory. It is a natural response to teething. If your pet is past puppy-hood and showing no sign of quitting or, if your mature pet inexplicably begins chewing away at stuff, this is a sign of a more serious problem that needs attention.
Pets of all kinds can be divided into aggressive chewers and non-aggressive chewers. Aggressive chewers annihilate what they chew and sometimes swallow the pieces - often in one sitting. Non-aggressive chewers gnaw, play and mouth toys without actually breaking them. Many theories attempt to pinpoint certain dog breeds as most likely to chew aggressively but, the fact is, it's more personality related than it is breed related.
If your dearly beloved pet is still a puppy you will need to work out which category of chewer he or she is as this is an important fact to take into consideration when shopping from the broad range of dog toys available. If your dog is an aggressive chewer you will need to buy dog toys that are chewy and rubbery as well as super strong and durable. Because aggressive chewers are inclined to bite and then swallow toys that are brittle, they must be literally unbreakable. Some manufacturers actually sell toys with an impressive 100% product replacement if the animal manages to destroy it. Aggressive chewers need their own type of toy made of tough rubber and rawhide. They need to be kept well clear of toys that lesser chewers would be safe with.
Black Kongs are ideal for these enthusiastic chewers, so are toys like the jumbo retriever rolls otherwise known as 'chronic chew toys'. These are wound out of several feet of rawhide compacted into one giant roll. Even the most vociferous of chewing pets can do no better than wear away at the exterior leaving the tightly wound core still intact. Pressed rawhide bone-shaped toys are also good options for the aggressive chewer who must be protected from his or her own capacity to reduce an innocent toy to sharp, dangerous shards that may injure the pet's esophagus when swallowed.
If your mature pet is chewing and she is past teething and puppy-hood then there is a possibility that the chewing may be the symptom of a displaced anxiety. Here's where you will need to play dog psychologist and spend time with your pet to discern what is troubling him or her. Are you spending enough time with your pet? Does he get enough attention? Exercise? Has there been a recent disturbance in the household routine that the pet may be responding to?
Your pet is a barometer for any stress or disruption in the environment. Taking up chewing becomes a comforting action for the disturbed dog. You will need to spend more supervised time with your pet reeducating him or her on the rewarding consequences of desirable behavior. Pets are very much like children in this way; they will do anything to get attention even if it means demolishing the surrounding environment. Don't be slow to enlist the aid of an expert when tackling chronic chewing problems. A fresh and educated viewpoint may save everyone a great deal of frustration.

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Your name: Annika
Location: Alkmaar, Netherlands
Your bun's name: Pedro
Breed: no idea, a little bit of everything.
Age: four months.
Physical Traits: mostly black with hints of white. small.
Personality Traits: mischievous (?), very active, he likes to run and jump a lot (especially on me)
Tell us more about your bun: his favourite things to do are running around his cage, jumping on the couch, licking hands, eating grass and flowers in my garden. He's a very fun loving little chap ^-^

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Your name: Leah
Location: Richton Park, Illinois
Your bun's name: Finnegan (Fin, Bun Face...for short)
Breed: Netherland Dwarf
Age: About 2 months or so
Physical Traits: He is a siamese sable colored dwarf.
Personality Traits: He's very curious, loves to sniff everything and get into everything. He also loves to eat everyting and anything. I often have to pull him down from his pen because he tries to climb up the side (my little escape artist). Fin also loves his "sister", Chocolatey (a guinea pig). When I let them play together, he is very cuddley with her. He is a cuddler when he wants to be. He loves to go outside and walk around in the grass.
Tell us more about your bun: Hmm, he is actually blind in one eye, but you can hardly tell when you look at him. I think it gives him character. I almost wish they made bun sized eye patches cause I'd totally put it on him and take a picture. He's also going to be a very tinny bunny (only around 2 pounds or so).

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Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: CSI

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Your name: Tara
Location: Pa.
Your bun's name:Joy
Breed: Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
Age: Almost 2-years-old
Physical Traits: She is a beautiful charcoal grey color. Her fur is quite soft and silky, she has big brown eyes and a great big tail that only adds to her personality, which she has a lot of for being such a little girl. She weighs in at only around 2 pounds.
Personality Traits:She's extremely tolerant and quite bold. She tends to run away from things but it's more of a proclamation of her independence and the fact that there is no one who will tell her what to do than it is skittishness. Like her mate, Yiska, she hates having her nails cut and is a lot more "outspoken" about it. Yiska lays there and takes it like a champ while grunting but Joy does her best to wriggle and squirm away, often foiling plans for a quick nail trim. She is surprisingly picky about her treats and only likes flavored yogurt drops. I've had her for almost a year and a half now and I love her to pieces.

Did I mention she's tiny?
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Your name: Tara
Location: Pa.
Your bun's name:Yiska
Breed: Himilayan Dwarf Rabbit
Age: Almost 3.5-years-old
Physical Traits: He has very soft, off-white fur with silver feet and tail, brown ears, a large brown patch on his nose and pink eyes.
Personality Traits:Yiska is a total sweetheart but gets into lots of mischief. Because of his chewing habits and fondness for getting lost underneath the couch, he is not allowed to run around the living room unsupervised. Lucky for him, I built a little "yard" for he and his wife, Joy (whose profile is upcoming), around their cage so they have free reign to hop in and out or on top of their cage to their hearts' content. As I mentioned, Yiska is an avid chewer and happens to be a conneiseur of carpet and wire, including cables, Christmas lights and lamp chords. He loves to stretch out and while he is not fond of being picked up, once he is securely in my arms he starts "purring" away and usually doesn't stop until I put him down. He doesn't sit still for very long as exploring and running around is much more fun. Yiska loves his food, especially carrots and apples, and carboard tubes but hates having his nails trimmed.
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Your name: Chelle
Location: SC
Your bun's name:Seymore (nicknames: naughty bun, Seymore Rabbit, Seymore Butts)
Breed: Mini rex
Age: 8 months
Physical Traits: so soft, creamy white and dark black splotches
Tell us more about your bun: we got her from a petshop ( I know evil, but it was before we knew about adoption, it was a gift from my boyfriend....he didnt know)
We were told seymore was a boy, no boyparts yet and seymore is at least 8 months old....I have compared and asked around on LJ and posted pictures of the parts and have been told seymore is definitly a she so it was great because we found a girl bunny and they are bonded now!






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Your name: Chelle
Location: SC
Your bun's name:Scampers, (nicknames: scampi, stinkers, fluffy bottoms)
Breed: Mini Lop
Age: 8 months
Physical Traits: She was all white when we got her, but she is now gray and white, with a fluffy hairdo on her head and little freckles on her "cheeks"
Personality Traits: She is a cuddle bun, loves to run around the house binkying and chasing the cat. She is more dominant than her g/f but allows Seymore (her girlfriend) to pretend she is dominant.
Tell us more about your bun: We found her in our yard when she was really little. She was an escaped artist and got out of the cage we built her so I figure thats how she got away from her original owner.




When she was a baby
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